Literature and writing

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Literary reviews and criticism | Poetry | Citation style guides

Literary reviews and criticism

This site provides extensive information for books and authors pertaining to British Columbia, including a database of BC authors and an archive of BC BookWorld. The author database is searchable by keyword and articles usually include a biography and a list of works by the author.

Burnaby Public Library’s chronological list of local, Canadian and international book awards.

CBRAonline is a web-based searchable version of Canadian Book Review Annual offering over 30,000 reviews ranging in date from 1978 to 2012.  Reviews provide evaluations of Canadian-authored books in all genres including children's books as well as adult fiction and non-fiction.

Use this index in conjunction with Metrotown Library's collection of Gale's literary criticism reference books to find which volume has information on an author or literary work you are looking for.

Internet Public Library’s portal to critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period. Includes an online literary criticism guide and pathfinder.

Look up full text reviews and articles about books and writers in an archive that goes back to 1981. Requires first time users to register (free of charge).

University of Manitoba’s repository for information about Canadian writers, novelists, poets, magazines, publications, texts and library archives.


Notable 19th and early 20th century poetry from over 100 English and French Canadian poets. Database is searchable by poet, title, keywords and date.

Find poems by category, title, first line or occasion and look up poets by name, time period or geograghic area. Listen to audio podcasts of poems and lectures. Mainly American in content and limited in international coverage.

Citation style guides

Takes you through the process of writing a research paper step by step and provides online resources on how to do the research as well as links to other writing websites.

Online handbook including tips on common writing assignments such as literary analysis papers, research papers, critical reviews, scientific reports, research projects and presentations. Covers grammar and punctuation as well as citation styles (APSA, APA, CBE, MLA, Chicago/Turabian).

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